[VulnWatch] iDEFENSE Security Advisory 06.23.05: Veritas Backup Exec Agent Error Status Remote DoS Vulnerability
From: iDEFENSE Labs (labs-no-reply_at_idefense.com)
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 17:44:05 -0400 To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Veritas Backup Exec Agent Error Status Remote DoS Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 06.23.05
June 23, 2005
VERITAS Backup Exec is an advanced backup and restore solution for
Microsoft Windows server environments. More information is available
from the vendor's website:
Exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Veritas Software
Corp.'s Backup Exec allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.
The Veritas Backup Exec Agent listens on TCP port 10000 and is
responsible for accepting connections from the backup server when a
backup is to occur. Typically the agent would be installed on most
servers and important workstations in an enterprise environment.
Veritas Backup Exec uses the standard NMDP protocol to communicate with
the listening agents.
The vulnerability specifically exists because of improper handling of
request packets with an unexpected "Error Status" value. Specifically,
any Error Status other than "0" will cause a null pointer dereference,
resulting in an unhandled exception as can be seen as follows.
eax=00000000 ebx=0032ac08 ecx=00000000
edx=0098a930 esi=0032e1e8 edi=009b5770
eip=008f1c84 esp=00fbfb58 ebp=0032ac30 iopl=0
nv up ei pl nz na pe nc
cs=001b ss=0023 ds=0023 es=0023 fs=003b gs=0000 efl=00010202
*** ERROR: Symbol file could not be found.
Defaulted to export symbols for
C:\Program Files\VERITAS\Backup Exec\NT\ndmpsrvr.dll -
008f1c84 8b00 mov eax,[eax] ds:0023:00000000=????????
The unhandled exception will result in a crash of the program and a
denial of service condition.
Exploitation does not require authentication, thereby allowing any
remote attacker to cause the denial of service and disruption of backup
iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Backup
Exec for Windows Servers versions 9.0, 9.1 and 10.0. It is suspected
that other versions are also vulnerable.
Several vendors ship or use Veritas software including Hitachi and NEC
Use a firewall to restrict incoming connections to trusted workstations
running the Backup Exec client software which uses port 10000 TCP.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The vendor has addressed this vulnerability in security advisories
VX05-001 and VX05-008:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-0772 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
03/16/2005 Initial vendor notification
03/30/2005 Initial vendor response
06/22/2005 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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